Another day, another short stack with not a ton of BIG news in the world of sports. Louisville is jumping ship from the Big East to the ACC. #2 Duke came back in the second half to beat #4 Ohio State 73-68 in an entertaining game. The Stack has a few other things to talk about today so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Thursday, November 29:
Les Miles staying put at LSU
In what could have only been a power play to get more money, LSU Tigers football coach Les Miles is staying put at the school and has been rewarded with a seven-year extension and a raise. Arkansas was making a big push for Miles, having placed a five-year $27.5 million deal on the table. Miles' agent was supposedly going to meet with Arkansas Wednesday to discuss the matter more. You knew Miles was staying at LSU. He is a consistent national championship contender and he had no intention of leaving LSU. This was simply a ploy for more money. Well played Les. Well played. I gueess Les is more to LSU.
NBA thoughts from Wednesday
A couple of bigger headlines that came out of Wednesday's games...
- Rajon Rondo was ejected in the Nets-Celtics game last night in
the second quarter, ending his impressive 37 game streak of having ten
plus assists. Tough way to have the streak end, but you can't be starting fights like Rondo did. The game was pretty chippy.
- The Washington Wizards got their first win of the year, an 84-82 win over the Portland Trailblazers. Whoo!
Everyday during the NFL season, there are always moves and stories that make headlines. Wednesday had some bigger headlines...
- Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback for their game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday. Shocker! Given how Kaepernick has looked the last two games in going 2-0, it's not surprising that Harbaugh is going with the "hot hand." But I do feel bad for Alex Smith. He did nothing to deserve his starting job getting pulled right out from under him other than say he had a concussion.
- The NFL handed out a couple of fines Wednesday. They fined Lions DT Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for his kick to the groin area of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. $30,000!? Suh said it was an accident. Yeah right. Don't know how the NFL can say they don't think Suh did anything wrong and then fine him that low amount. It's a joke! They should have suspended him. And Vikings DE Jared Allen was fined $21,000 for his hit on Bears offensive lineman Lance Louis, a hit that landed Louis on injury reserve and has the Bears a little upset. Allen left his feet and probably should have been flagged, but was not. The Bears will remember that next week when they face the Vikings.
- Recently released Eagles defensive end Jason Babin is heading to Jacksonville as the Jaguars waiver claim on him was successful. He will definitely help a defense that has just thirteen sacks this season.
MLB Hall-of-Fame ballot announced
The 37-player ballot for the MLB Hall-of-Fame was announced Wednesday and there are some big names on the list that are eligible for the first time. They also have heavy ties to the steroid era. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are all eligible for the hall this time around and need 75 percent to make it. Mark McGwire didn't get in his first time on the ballot. I don't even think he got thirty percent of the vote. Bonds is arguably the best baseball player to have ever played. He is the *home run leader. Clemens and Sosa won't get in on their first time, but Bonds is an intriguing name to watch. Baseball writers and voters are stubborn though. This is going to be interesting to watch.
Saints-Falcons clash in NFC South TNF tilt
A very good game is in store for NFL fans Thursday night. The New Orleans Saints travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons tonight at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network. The Saints have played really well as of late. Haven't they won four of six? If not for two pick sixes against them last week, they may have beaten the 49ers. The Falcons keep winning close games, which is a good thing for now, but something I fear could doom them in the playoffs. This will be another close game. The Saints have had the Falcons number. They've handed the Falcons their only loss of the year so you know the Falcons are going to be upset because of that. This is going to be a very entertaining game, but one that I wouldn't touch on the betting side. It's a toss up. I ca make arguments that either team will win. The Saints are deseperate to make the playoffs and they need this game. I feel that the Falcons may come out a little flat and the Saints will pounce on that. Then again, the Falcons are 10-1 for a reason. As I'm writing this, I'm changing my mind on who I'm picking. Aagh! Just enjoy the game.
Prediction: Falcons 30 Saints 27
Coming up Friday: Week 13 NFL preview